Because wrinkles and third-degree burns are mutually exclusive, Fountain Of Youth seekers in China are heading to the spa requesting Huǒ liáo, a beauty treatment that involves setting an alcohol and magic potion-soaked rag covering your face on fire. What could go wrong? SPOILER: The lady performing your facial leaves to take a phone call.
The idea behind Huǒ liáo is to place a towel soaked in alcohol and a special "elixir" on the face, legs or other parts of the body, then light it on fire for a few seconds. This action apparently stimulates the skin and addresses dullness, sagging and wrinkles.
Sounds questionable, I'm going to need to see some medical studies or a commercial with a convincing CG animation of wrinkles being "drastically reduced over time." I'm joking, just cover me with oil rags and toss a match on me. Not only am I going to look 18 again, but I'll smell like a barbeque. The smell of meat cooking -- now that's what brings all the boys to the yard.
Hit the jump for a video in case you weren't sure if the treatment can be applied to your entire back as well (it can!).
Thanks to Lambros, who said he thought of something entirely different when he read 'flaming facial', which doesn't surprise me because he has a college email address and referenced 'frat life'.